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Seattle's home MLS Cup win cements Sounders in the city's rich sporting legacy

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 06:22:00 GMT

SEATTLE -- Seattle's 3-1 win over Toronto FC to claim MLS Cup 2019, in front of a sellout crowd of nearly 70,000 fans on Sunday, was the culmination of a love affair between the city and the Sounders a decade in the making. It's easy to forget, in the wake of the successful expansion launches of Portland, LAFC and particularly Atlanta -- which won MLS Cup in front of a similar sellout crowd last year and has surpassed the Sounders as the attendance leader -- just how unbelievable Seattle's support...

Seattle Sounders' MLS Cup triumph reward for team that took its chances

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 05:14:00 GMT

SEATTLE -- Brian Schmetzer walked into his postgame news conference with the word "Family" emblazoned across his T-shirt and a well-earned beverage in his hand. He tried to thank everyone associated with the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 MLS Cup triumph over Toronto FC, from the owners all the way down to the most junior staff member. Such is Schmetzer's 40-year connection with the Sounders that he feels the ups and downs of the club more deeply than anyone else, and in that moment, he could barely get...

Toronto FC 'our own worst enemy' in MLS Cup final - Greg Vanney

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 03:24:00 GMT

The Seattle Sounders have once again beaten Toronto FC to claim their 2nd MLS Cup trophy. Alejandro Moreno says the Seattle Sounders had to "hold on" for 60 minutes vs. Toronto in the MLS Cup. An emotional Brian Schmetzer says Seattle found their footing in the second half to become MLS champions. Seattle beat Toronto FC 3-1 to secure their second MLS Cup win in franchise history. SEATTLE -- In an MLS Cup final in which his team controlled the tempo for much of the opening 45 minutes, only to fall 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney called his team "our own worst enemy." In front of 69,274 fans -- the largest sporting crowd in CenturyLink history -- the Sounders appeared overwhelmed in the first half, unable to string together simple passes, and the Reds enjoyed 65 percent of possession. "I thought we were fluid, I thought we had...

Seattle Sounders knock off Toronto for second MLS Cup win in four years

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 02:03:00 GMT

Seattle Sounders FC Toronto FC 3 1 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats The Seattle Sounders have once again beaten Toronto FC to claim their 2nd MLS Cup trophy. An emotional Brian Schmetzer says Seattle found their footing in the second half to become MLS champions. The Seattle Sounders pulled off a remarkable 3-1 win over Toronto FC to win their second MLS Cup at a jam-packed CenturyLink Field on Sunday. It was the third meeting in four years for the two teams in the MLS showpiece, with Seattle winning the Cup in 2016 and Toronto taking it home in 2017. Toronto was the better of the two sides in a lackluster first half but had nothing to show for it, and Seattle missed a chance to take the lead right before half-time, only for Raul Ruidiaz to shoot tamely...

MLS Cup in Seattle: A city collectively experiencing night sweats, remembering Sigi, Vanney explains his fashion sense

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 02:42:00 GMT

Kasey Keller says fan buzz around the MLS Cup has reached fever pitch ahead of Sunday's match. Landon Donovan outlines the pressure on Michael Bradley if a win will trigger a $6.5 million contract option. Landon Donovan joins Herculez Gomez to make his pick for the 2019 MLS Cup final between Seattle and Toronto. Seattle and Toronto have met in two of the last three MLS Cups. Who will lift the trophy in 2019? The Sounders attack is as lethal as ever, and Taylor Twellman credits that all to Nicolas Lodeiro. Watch the final Sunday on ABC. Taylor Twellman says Seattle's home-field advantage could be the biggest decider in MLS Cup. Watch the final Sunday on ABC. Taylor Twellman credits the signing of Omar Gonzalez for turning around Toronto's season. SEATTLE -- Just how crazy is the city of Seattle about Sunday's MLS Cup final (3 p.m. ET, watch live on ABC) between its beloved Sounders and Toronto FC? All 69,000-plus seats at CenturyLink Field were snapped up less than three hours after they went on sale. As of Saturday morning, tickets on the aftermarket could still be found -- for more than $1,000 apiece. But at Friday's training session, the focus was on the number 20 rather than 69,000. That's about how many former Sounders and other...

Toronto manager Vanney 'encouraged' by Altidore progress ahead of MLS Cup final

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT

Jozy Altidore shares the latest on his injury recovery ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup at 3pm ET on ABC. Seattle and Toronto have met in two of the last three MLS Cups. Who will lift the trophy in 2019? Taylor Twellman credits the signing of Omar Gonzalez for turning around Toronto's season. SEATTLE -- Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney said Saturday after training that he's "encouraged" by the progress striker Jozy Altidore has made as he recovers from a quadriceps injury ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup final against the Seattle Sounders (3 p.m. ET, watch live on ABC). Altidore has missed the entirety of Toronto's run to MLS Cup after suffering the injury in the regular-season finale against Columbus on Oct. 6. But Vanney said that he was "hopeful" Altidore would be fit enough to feature in...

Seattle-Toronto MLS Cup saga set for latest chapter as new faces join the drama

Sat, 9 Nov 2019 09:11:00 GMT

Kasey Keller says fan buzz around the MLS Cup has reached fever pitch ahead of Sunday's match. Seattle and Toronto have met in two of the last three MLS Cups. Who will lift the trophy in 2019? Taylor Twellman says Seattle's home-field advantage could be the biggest decider in MLS Cup. Watch the final Sunday on ABC. SEATTLE -- Familiarity breeds contempt. That's especially true when the one opponent standing between you and a championship is the same, year after year. Ask Alabama about Clemson, or Cleveland about Golden State. Except, apparently, in Major League Soccer. Sunday marks the third MLS Cup final in four years between the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC (3 p.m. ET, LIVE on ABC), yet both sides have been quick to shoot down any notion of simmering resentment, let alone a full-blown rivalry. "I don't...

Charlotte at 'the front of the line' for MLS expansion - Don Garber

Fri, 8 Nov 2019 04:21:00 GMT

Kasey Keller says fan buzz around the MLS Cup has reached fever pitch ahead of Sunday's match. The Sounders attack is as lethal as ever, and Taylor Twellman credits that all to Nicolas Lodeiro. Watch the final Sunday on ABC. Taylor Twellman says Seattle's home-field advantage could be the biggest decider in MLS Cup. Watch the final Sunday on ABC. SEATTLE -- MLS commissioner Don Garber said Friday that the league's next expansion announcement is very likely to come in "the next number of months" and that Charlotte, North Carolina, has moved to the front of the line in terms of candidates. Speaking at the annual state of the league address ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup final between the host Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC (3 p.m. ET, watch live on ABC), Garber touched on a variety of topics, noting that five teams -- in Miami; Nashville,...


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